Care at home for the elderly by way of a live in carer
Care at home for the elderly One approach gaining ground is: Informal carers and au pairs delivering a valuable role in home care at home. Thus filling a substantial void by making a valuable contribution in counteracting the astronomical costs involved in elderly home care provision.
Care at home for the elderly what does it cost?
Unfortunately there is a stranglehold on this industry due to the influence of regulating bodies. Thus, restricting your choice and keeping costs high.
Basically care providers come into two categories
1) Regulateď care services which require registration with the CQC.
This involves jumping through a massive number of hoops. Including completing 100s of forms and documents. Outlining aims objectives and a myriad of other political correctness stuff. In addition there has to be a registered manager in place (one with many years of exeperience) =£30, 000 P.A. plus suitable premises. Would you believe all this has to be in place before you receive your first referral. Referrals are mainly from Social Services, and G.P.
2) Suppliers of carers direct to the service users. No requirememt to be regulated as they do not deliver care packages. Instead, they deliver directly to the elderly person an individual who can do the job.
This way, cost can be reduced quite substantially. However there is a constant struggle to secure sufficient service users. WHY???
Answer: despite the quality and integrity of the carers being comparable to those offered by regulated providers, Social Services and GP’s are unable to refer service user to them.
We have learned any provider who is not CQC registered is “cold shouldered.” Referrers cannot use them due to being required to observe A ‘Duty of Care’ as they call it. Doing so would leave them vulnerable to litigation.
Unfortunately the sheer cost and financial risk-(described above £50,000 upwards) restricts the number of CQC registered newcomers to the industry.
Financially the bottom line is:-
1) use a registered care agency live in care £800.00 P.W.plus.
2) Use a HR agency to source the carer direct £400.00 P.W.plus.
We have an opinion! There is a lot of-‘Spin’ put out by those with vested interest in the lucrative elderly social care industry. Often generating unfounded fears for the safety of our elderly folks.
Fuelled by the usual mob-pleasing ‘PR Toffee’ mounted to create an aura of ‘any other way but ours’ leaves mum and dad exposed to all kinds of vulnerability and exploitation. ‘Perish the thought’- your carer might even be a foreigner!
So called pious experts place people into either a Rolls Royce or a Trabant. What for example is a Rolls Royce carer? We know they have more knowledge on how to pull you about. But my own father soon let me know when I was being too heavy handed.
Core issue with any person acting as a carer is an inherent kindness and genuine empathy toward the older generation. Medals and diplomas are meaningless, except in the eyes of pen- pushing, bloated self important egotist in the unreal world of health and safety.
These same people who in the real tough world of making a living, owning their own small businesses wouldn’t last 5 minutes. They usually work off a script of: “Grave concerns, Serious issues, vulnerability, all designed to feed their jumped up importance. Go around clutching reams of useless paper work, and a new car as a perk with the job.
Care at home for the elderly
Bring back the good old days when common sense prevailed. The authors own grandma was a companion to an elderly lady in the 1930’s -1950’s. This was in the days when you simply went along for an interview together with your references etc and the decision to offer you the job (or not) was made by the elderly person or their immediate family. Worked well since the mid 19th century. No H and S in sight!
What is the biggest obstacle to being a simple carer? The Lawyers!
Care at home for the elderly
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